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gigantic pile of black locust logs #1: all the wood in the world and nothing to cut it with

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Blog entry by emart posted 04-10-2012 02:38 AM 3818 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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about a week ago i was woken to up the merry sound of a 60 ft black locust falling down in my front yard and clipping my roof. fast forward to friday april 6. that tree and all the other 6 nearby have been cut up into logs so now i have potentially several thousand pounds of logs in my yard and no way to take advantage of it. does anyone in the seattle area know of a porta-mill i can rent? i tried to split a small log and re-saw it on my bandsaw but the wood is just too dense to split and cut up with my machines.

i will post pictures of the woodpile as well as the one log i managed to mill on my bandsaw

-- tools are only as good as the hands that hold them https://www.custommade.com/by/emeraldcrafts/



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wee3

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#1 posted 04-10-2012 03:00 AM

Wow,you could look into hiring it out,which is the thing here.

-- BiLL @wee3

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emart

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#2 posted 04-10-2012 03:18 AM

yeah i was thinking of hiring someone to come out and do that for me. however it will be a while until i can afford that. this is looking to be some nice wood. as it sits the stuff is almost as hard as oak.

-- tools are only as good as the hands that hold them https://www.custommade.com/by/emeraldcrafts/

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davidroberts

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#3 posted 04-10-2012 03:33 AM

That black beauty would not have lasted 5 minutes upright in my yard. It could fall and crash into my roof, don’t you know. A man must take prudent precautions…..

Here’s an idea, make a sled for your chainsaw. If you don’t own a chainsaw go buy one, then make a sled for it. It’s easier to size the sled if you know the size of your chainsaw. You could always rent a chainsaw but where’s the fun in that.

-- God is great, wood is good. Let us thank Him for wood......and old hand tools.

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emart

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#4 posted 04-10-2012 04:08 AM

i would own chainsaw but there are too many accident prone people in my family. i think i would rather hire a portamill service since i potentially have 100s of board feet right now and so far i am liking the grain patterns i am getting from the one log i managed to mill. i wish i could do all of them but my bandsaw is too wavy to do it and the logs are extremely hard to split. even though the wood is still green it proving to be very resiliant to my wedges and maul….

Rest In Peace splitting maul and sledgehammer

-- tools are only as good as the hands that hold them https://www.custommade.com/by/emeraldcrafts/

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davidroberts

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#5 posted 04-10-2012 04:56 AM

you’re right, i tend to be allergic to backbreaking work, especially if i can make a deal to share the wood for milling services. i just like chainsaws. not because i happen to be from texas, i’m pretty sure.

-- God is great, wood is good. Let us thank Him for wood......and old hand tools.

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#6 posted 04-10-2012 05:00 AM

My imagination is not that vivid, so we need pictures, pictures, pictures!

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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HalDougherty

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#7 posted 04-10-2012 10:21 AM

Good luck cutting those logs! You are going to need it. Be sure to seal the ends so they won’t check and crack. The drier they get, the harder they get…

-- Hal, Tennessee http://www.first285.com

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emart

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#8 posted 04-10-2012 04:03 PM

yeah i had a hell of a time cutting one of them on my bandsaw. even though my saw has about 6 times as much torque as it did originally it still struggled with the material. the blade drifted like crazy. my planer didnt like it much either. i didnt dare remove more than 1/16 with each pass

-- tools are only as good as the hands that hold them https://www.custommade.com/by/emeraldcrafts/

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